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Threat of Hurricane Sandy has organizers and exhibitors preparing for high … – Sun

“Obviously, we continue to still watch the weather very closely, but we’re not seeing anything that the show can’t handle,” boat show spokesman Daniel Grant said. “The large boats are being reinforced, but the show’s been built to withstand tropical storm-force winds.”

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida owns the boat show, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors and has an economic impact of $500 million. The group, which is monitoring constant weather updates, released a statement Wednesday saying that the event “will be open for business and following all normal operational schedules … although preparations and precautions are being made and will continue to be made as necessary.”

One change because of high winds was to reschedule the aerial flyover and fireworks show, planned for 10 a.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday, respectively. The flyover will now be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday followed by the fireworks at 7. In addition, more pilings were driven into the bottom at some of the marinas so big boats could be battened down.

Some exhibitors were not taking any chances. Bob Crow, a broker with Denison Yacht Sales, said the lines that secure the company’s motoryachts to their docks were upgraded to ones that can better withstand the winds, which could gust to 60 mph, and the waves that result from the storm.

“It pays to be prepared, just in case,” Crow said.

That type of attitude is common, said Grant.

“Most of the exhibitors at the show are such experienced yachtsmen themselves, a little bit of foul weather doesn’t get them down,” he said, adding that “security and safety are priority No. 1.”

Among the precautions taken by Capt. Kelly Esser, the skipper of the 130-foot Mary Alice II, which is listed for $8.95 million and on display at the Las Olas Marina, was to put out the boat’s anchors once the motoryacht was secured to its floating dock, “which we normally would not do.”

The anchors will help keep the boat from moving around too much in the event of strong winds and waves, which reduces the pressure on the pilings to which Mary Alice II is tied.

“Otherwise, there’s not much more we can do,” Esser said. “We’ll make sure the fenders are tied down in case the wind is more than normal and we won’t have our exterior screens and cushions out.”

Other exhibitors, such as Harry Vernon III of Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply, which has two booths at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, were not concerned about Sandy.

“It’s a hurricane?” said Vernon when told the storm had been upgraded from a tropical storm Wednesday morning. “Everybody here is setting up and it looks like everybody’s having a good time.”


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Threat of Hurricane Sandy has organizers and exhibitors preparing for high … – Sun

“Obviously, we continue to still watch the weather very closely, but we’re not seeing anything that the show can’t handle,” boat show spokesman Daniel Grant said. “The large boats are being reinforced, but the show’s been built to withstand tropical storm-force winds.”

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida owns the boat show, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors and has an economic impact of $500 million. The group, which is monitoring constant weather updates, released a statement Wednesday saying that the event “will be open for business and following all normal operational schedules … although preparations and precautions are being made and will continue to be made as necessary.”

One change because of high winds was to reschedule the aerial flyover and fireworks show, planned for 10 a.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday, respectively. The flyover will now be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday followed by the fireworks at 7. In addition, more pilings were driven into the bottom at some of the marinas so big boats could be battened down.

Some exhibitors were not taking any chances. Bob Crow, a broker with Denison Yacht Sales, said the lines that secure the company’s motoryachts to their docks were upgraded to ones that can better withstand the winds, which could gust to 60 mph, and the waves that result from the storm.

“It pays to be prepared, just in case,” Crow said.

That type of attitude is common, said Grant.

“Most of the exhibitors at the show are such experienced yachtsmen themselves, a little bit of foul weather doesn’t get them down,” he said, adding that “security and safety are priority No. 1.”

Among the precautions taken by Capt. Kelly Esser, the skipper of the 130-foot Mary Alice II, which is listed for $8.95 million and on display at the Las Olas Marina, was to put out the boat’s anchors once the motoryacht was secured to its floating dock, “which we normally would not do.”

The anchors will help keep the boat from moving around too much in the event of strong winds and waves, which reduces the pressure on the pilings to which Mary Alice II is tied.

“Otherwise, there’s not much more we can do,” Esser said. “We’ll make sure the fenders are tied down in case the wind is more than normal and we won’t have our exterior screens and cushions out.”

Other exhibitors, such as Harry Vernon III of Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply, which has two booths at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, were not concerned about Sandy.

“It’s a hurricane?” said Vernon when told the storm had been upgraded from a tropical storm Wednesday morning. “Everybody here is setting up and it looks like everybody’s having a good time.”


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Anakiwa cutter fleet modernised

A new cutter will help to put Outward Bound students through their sailing paces.

The new 9.75-metre fibreglass boat Endeavour III was transported from Nelson’s Dickson Marine to Anakiwa on Friday.

The cutter, an open sailing boat, will be used for sailing and rowing.

Outward Bound chief executive Trevor Taylor said a decision had been made to build three new boats after an accident in which one of the organisation’s cutters was run over in Queen Charlotte Sound last year.

“It’s repaired now and back on the water sailing, but when we looked at the other cutters and decided if they’d been in a similar accident, we would have had a more serious outcome.

“We took the view that for the safety of our students and courses, we should look at replacing the plank rigger cutters over a three-year period.”

As part of the celebrations and events around Outward Bound’s 50th anniversary this year, it had decided to raise money to build three new cutters, Mr Taylor said.

A total of $600,000 was needed. One boat had been completed, and the second was due to be built soon, also by Dickson Marine.

“[These boats] will last for another 50 years. They will last a lot longer than the other cutters.”

The Endeavour III went for its first sail last week. Mr Taylor said it handled well and was fast.

Dickson Marine sales manager Basil Hart said construction took about three months. The boat was designed by Jim Barnett of Blenheim, and because of increased buoyancy, it did not have to carry a liferaft, freeing up space.

Mr Taylor said the cutters were an integral part of the Outward Bound programme. Fairfax NZ

– The Marlborough Express

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